Awesome, thanks for sharing. I love finding out the origins of these phrases people use everyday, but never stop to think about where it came from or what it originally meant.I googled that a while back and found this reference on Autotrader: https://tinyurl.com/y39xgwog:
There's more to the article than what I cut and pasted.
The Origin of the Term “Souped Up” Isn’t What You Think
May 8, 2017
" I looked into the origin of "souped up," and it turns out that the origin of the term has nothing to do with the automobile and largely predates hot-rod culture, with it first popping up in the dictionary back in 1911 in reference to a "narcotic injected into horses to make them run faster." In that sense, "soup" was slang for the narcotic involved — you gave the horse "soup," and thus it was said to be "souped up." Of course, its slang usage probably was spinning around the American lexicon before it was recorded by Webster. "
A long time ago I happened across a man in LES NYC with a most unremarkable looking Dart. It was like beige on tan with uncolor interior. Still rocking its factory hubcaps and looked for all the world to be the epitome of sad left out 1970's malaise cruiser.Ditto, my HS shop teacher had one of those. My grandma had a yellow Gremlin with a brown hockey stick stripe like this one:
My older brother and I always wanted to supe (is that how you spell it? Soop? Soup? I dunno.) up the engine and take it to the local drag strip.
There's a guy pushing almost 400 hp from a 258. A couple of Eagle owners have turbos on their cars. I think I have pics somewhere.A long time ago I happened across a man in LES NYC with a most unremarkable looking Dart. It was like beige on tan with uncolor interior. Still rocking its factory hubcaps and looked for all the world to be the epitome of sad left out 1970's malaise cruiser.
Then he cranked it up and damn if I didn't get harder than the winter of '32! See at this time I was still very new and fresh in the world of go fast automobiling and was a firm adherent to such modes of thought as mo'muscle mo'hustle and bigger is better so biggest is bestest. And while I do firmly grok that there is no replacement for displacement I have learned that there many roads to many temples, both the old gods and the new.
The nice man who looked like the junior high math teacher had spent much time and effort in making his slant 6 into a giant slayer. Dual 4bbl carbs, two smallish turbochargers and dual exhaust backed with a long and lumpy cam sounded amazing as it barked and snorted off the canyons on NYC.
A 258 isn't much different and they can be made to make some weird power. How cool would a beefed up group b looking rally sx/4 be?
Jesus....imagine 400HP from a 258. The 258 in my YJ was about as powerful as a popcorn fart.There's a guy pushing almost 400 hp from a 258. A couple of Eagle owners have turbos on their cars. I think I have pics somewhere.
I've always wanted to build a beeft 258 - simple to build a big V8 to put out power - you have cubes, but takes some thinking to do it without the cubes. I've got enough parts to build a nice 258 here, even a stroker. I have a 4.0 sitting here, not sure what to do with, blocks, heads, cranks and other parts of 258s and I think enough to put together another complete one. (and I have that prototype aluminum head Clifford Research had made then dropped the project)
When I was in HS there was a green Gremlin we saw now and then. It was a rare sight - so rare we called it the green ghost. Some didn't believe the car existed because sightings were rare - and short - it had a nice built-up 401 in it. Belonged to the daughter of the fellow who ran the largest junk yard in the area - at least that was the rumor. If you caught sight of it, get a good look fast as you weren't going to see it for very long.
Then there's Kevin Fortnot (sp) who has a 7 second yellow Gremlin that does over 180 in the quarter.
Brace yourself for the used gladiator whining now that leases are coming due and all the meetoos are jumping ship for the bronco or the trex or the w32 compound charged raptor or whatever the next hot wet mess is gonna be.
Bitching about undoing the shitty mods the first guy did, bitching about the dealers, bitching about the bitcbing.. a gold mine awaits
The only Bronco available now is the Bronco Sport which is Escape-based (IIRC). The "Wrangler competitor" Bronco is not out yet.If wanna-buy Bronco folks haven't seen the Escape/Bronco in person to know how small it is and what it's really like, here is a tell-all review about the Escape/Bronco